Lost Village was a one-night activation of the Vizcaya Village, a space not open to the public, yet an integral part of Vizcaya. BFA and MFA students, faculty, and a selection of Miami-based artists presented projects throughout the Village. The Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) centennial exhibition, Lost Spaces and Stories of Vizcaya, served as a physical and conceptual point of departure for all participants. While we know much about the estate’s history, many of Vizcaya’s spaces and stories have disappeared. The Village likewise represents a vital component of Vizcaya that was largely lost from the broader understanding of the site.
Site-specificity is a core objective of CAP and this figures prominently in artist’s considerations for Lost Village. Through CAP Vizcaya challenges artists to think critically and thoughtfully about site responsive work providing a parallel experience to studio-centered practice.
The following students were our partners in 2016: Daniel Almeida, Michelle Barros, Camila Canchon, Shirley Chong, Karol Contreras, Mariana Dias, Gaby Duran, Juan Esquivel, Josh Goolsby, Katy Grosskopf, Michael Gray, Shannon Hand, Joshua Kaufman, Carolyn Klinsport, Susan Maas, Larry Maas, Guido Mena, Alex Mirchuk, Alexander Narus, Sterling Rook, Stephanie Rubio, Sarah Sanchez, Solange Sarria, Agata Segafredo, Alisa Steele, and Gabriel Suarez.
Lost Village Exhibit
In collaboration, Vizcaya staff and FIU Faculty worked with students to develop artworks that specifically responded to the Village site throughout its distinct spaces. These included the Garage, Mechanic’s Shop, Blacksmith’s Shop, Staff Residence, Chicken House, Dairy, and Stable and Wagon Shed. Throughout the duration of the fall semester students met with conservation, curatorial, learning, and horticulture staff to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the museum site. This challenged students to think critically and thoughtfully about site responsive work and provided a parallel experience to their studio-centered practice. Please take a look at images from the exhibition below.